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Court hears latest Medicaid expansion arguments

September 27, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state says it’s denied 3,500 Mainers who have applied for health coverage under voter-approved Medicaid expansion that’s been held up by the Republican governor.

A Maine judge Thursday heard the latest arguments in the ongoing battle over Medicaid expansion. Arguments are set to continue Friday.

Nearly three out of five Mainers last fall approved expanding Medicaid to 70,000 low-income residents. But the referendum didn’t include a funding source, and the governor has opposed expansion over his financial concerns.

The governor vetoed a bill that would fund Medicaid expansion with budgetary surplus and one-time tobacco settlement funds.

A pro-Medicaid expansion group says LePage’s administration is violating the spirit of a court order to submit paperwork for federal funding. Maine submitted the paperwork but LePage urged federal regulators to reject it.

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